If this year has taught us anything, it's the importance of taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. We're able to show up more for our loved ones and communities when we choose to show up for ourselves first. Shifting our thoughts, behaviors and movements to incorporate positive change ignites a positive ripple effect.

One way of doing this is by practicing self-care. To some this might sound cheesy, a little cliché or just downright foreign. Why should be practice self-care and how do you even do that?

Practicing self-care allows us the opportunity to step away and breathe, avoiding burnout. It encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can reciprocate that to others. You’ve heard the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”? It's true, you cannot give to others what you don’t have yourself. Let’s face it, physical energy and stamina are not the only factors threatened when doing too much for too long, our mental capacity is also threatened.

Check out this video that introduces four priority areas for self-care (self-compassion, resilience, rest and gratitude) and provides some steps and tools to get started.